Makayla Smith

Makayla Smith is from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated in the fall of 2021 from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S degree. She majored in Exercise science with a minor in Human and Health Performance. Makayla has served on the Dean’s List her freshman and senior year of college while also being accepted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After serving with Impact America, Makayla plans to pursue graduate school to receive a OTR/L in Occupational Therapy.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, riding horses, and being adventurous!

 

What is your biggest strength?

One of my biggest strengths are my social and communication skills. I am very outgoing and love to connect with people.

 

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my grandfather because he always sets the right example. He has raised me to always be kind, caring, and forgiving.

Hanna Jang

Born in South Korea, Hanna Jang graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a Psychology minor. As an undergraduate, Hanna participated in the Honors Community Service Committee to help create service opportunities for students and worked in a behavioral psychology research lab focused on the relationship between social stress and stress-related psychopathology. Hanna hopes to work in the medical field following her time with Impact America.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love visiting different cafes and bars with my friends. There are lots of great places in Memphis and more are popping up all the time.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“You’re good, you’re good, you’re good” – Spongebob Squarepants

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I really enjoy drawing, painting, and crafting. My drawers at home are filled with art supplies.

Matthew Horton

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Matthew Horton graduated cum laude from Morehouse College, where he majored in political science. As an undergraduate, Matthew served as a Public Relations Manager for the Morehouse College Glee Club and was an active member of the Judson Lyons Mentorship Initiative, Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. After serving with Impact America, Matthew plans on either attending law school or pursuing a career in voice acting.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to read, sing, do voice acting, and do boxing! Whatever keeps me active usually keeps me happy.
What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
“Not everyone who works hard is rewarded. But! All those who succeed have worked hard!” – Hajime no Ippo.
What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Providing supplies and teaching life lessons to people in homeless shelters gave me an outlook on life I had never seen before. It taught me to treasure what I had and provide for those who are less fortunate.
Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire my parents because I respect how hard they work to provide me with the many opportunities I have had in my life.

Davy Hardie

Davy Hardie grew up and went to high school in Lebanon, Ohio. Upon graduating high school he attended Miami University, where he graduated with a degree in kinesiology. He majored in public health and minored in geography, attempting to bridge his love of helping others and helping the planet. Both in high school and college Davy was an avid runner, participating in cross country and track during high school and then the running club on campus at Miami. After Serving with Impact America, Davy plans on returning to school for his Masters in Public Health.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I enjoy reading, playing games with friends (board games and video games), and watching funny T.V. shows.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

My favorite quote from a fictional work is “There is some good in this world Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for”, from Lord of the Rings. “Phrasing” from Archer is a close second however.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

The most memorable place I have ever been is Glacier National Park. I visited there 10 years ago, and the natural beauty and abundance of the mountains, lakes, forests, wildlife, and of course the glaciers convinced me that man will never be able to create anything close to as beautiful as mother earth. From that day forward I have been committed to doing my part to combat climate change, prevent pollution, and protect the earth as much as I can.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Something most people don’t know about me is that I love to cook! I enjoy cooking almost as much as I enjoy eating the great food that I make.

Hunter Keane

Hunter Keane, a native of the Memphis area, graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a double major in philosophy and marketing as well as a minor in international studies. He then attained an M.A. in Religion and Public Engagement from Wake Forest University. While earning these degrees, Hunter had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland and intern in Tanzania, where he worked with various regional and international NGOs. Hunter is excited to serve his community through his work at Impact. 

What do you like to do for fun?

Well, considering that the Memphis Grizzlies are the greatest sports team in the world, I like to attend as many games as possible with my friends and family. I also enjoy reading fiction novels, kayaking, beating my friends at fantasy football, and taking spontaneous road trips (most recently to Canada).

What is something most people don’t know about you?

Despite not being the kind of musician I typically listen to, I love Taylor Swift and even attended one of her concerts in North Carolina.